Space Planning : Mixed Media Room

This past fall SBaird Design was approached by a new client to help them with a multi use room that was not meeting their needs. the room is used as an office/ library/ music room. We were challenged to meet all of these needs in a small space of a 11′ x 13′ room. 

Space planning is a challenge but meeting several needs in a tight space is a quite a challenge. Luckily, we enjoyed this and saw it as a fun exercise in problem solving. The first step to solving the problem was better educating ourselves on the proper set-up and functions of specialty music/recording equipment. We consulted our friend Beau Sorenson, a sound engineer, about the pieces of equipment and musical needs of our clients. His knowledge and professional opinion proved quite invaluable in our space planning. Processed with VSCOcam with b1 preset

With his input and guidance and a vintage design book we found one weekend, we made a mental “kit of parts”.

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After a few design charrettes, we developed 3 floor plans and sets of sketches to show our clients.

Option A

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Option B

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Option C

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We have discovered in the past that the best designs to meet a clients’ needs usually are a combination of several parts of our different designs. We are excited to see which pieces of each designs they decide to incorporate into the final product.

Which one do you like?

 

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SE Bungalow Update

It took several months but after plans, revisions and submissions to the city we finally have our permits!

The City of Portland is in the middle of a remodel/construction boom, so the permit office is backed-up with more work than they can handle. It does not matter how simple your plans are, or how big your project is, everyone is having to hurry-up and wait. Luckily, our patience prevailed and the permits were issued to begin work on this remodel this week.

As soon as the permits were in-hand, the General Contractor, Tod Phillips, and his team started demolition. Here are a couple of images we captured while taking the initial tour of the deconstructed site.

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Memorabilia, items and images found inside the ceilings, walls and floors during deconstruction.

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A blank canvas.

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Plumbing from the main bathroom.

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Preserving the main arch from the dining to the living room is a top priority.

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This arch will be repeated in the widened opening from the dining room to the kitchen.

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Gorgeous light pours in from the upstairs windows.

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The guest bedroom.

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How sweet that the natural shape of the dormer is the iconic shape of a home.

 

 

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Redesign of Den for an expanding family

Former clients of SBaird Real Estate contacted us for assistance for the redesign of their den. Jessica and Dave, the homeowners, were stuck on what to do with their room. The space is open to their large kitchen and overlooks the backyard. As they were overseeing the remodel of their kitchen, they realized they needed to redo the den to coordnate with the updated space. The old layout was just not working as efficiently as they would like. The couple is also planning for a family in the future, so all designs needed to be thought-out for a little one in mind.

A young, fun couple who enjoy hosting friends for sporting events, they also needed plenty of seating for entertaining. They had been contemplating an L-Shaped Sectional but could not figure how to fit it into the room. After meeting with them at their home, SBaird Design developed 2 recommended plans, each optimizing efficient space planning, soothing color palette, and a casual yet crisp design.

Below are the 2 options with the recommended furnishings. Which do you think they choose?

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Remodel: Finishes consult

 

A repeat design client contacted SBaird Design to assist in choosing final finishes, lighting placement and paint selections for a remodel in the hills off of SW Broadway. The remodeling contractor was a pleasure to work with and needed a cost effective solution with quick turn around time for design services, so that he could get the home ready for market.

 

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A cottage-bungalow hybrid perched in the hills.

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A skylight was placed above the future vanity sink. Choosing good overhead lighting posed a challenge that the contractor wanted SBaird Design to resolve.

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The new tub/shower combo in the master bath will be built to follow the roof profile of the home. A rain shower and handheld unit will make it a luxurious sanctuary.

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Living Room and entry way.

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Living Room and new fireplace.

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An overhead beam designates the separation of space between the living and dining areas.

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Material samples the contractor already had and wanted to work into the design.

SBaird Design came up with a neutral palette that would appeal to many potential homeowners looking to buy in that location.

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Residential: SE 52nd Ave

A new design client was referred to SBaird Design by a real estate associate. Anne, had just purchased this sweet Mt.Tabor bungalow. In need of extensive remodeling and repairs, Anne came to us with an open heart and enthusiasm. Her goal: to remodel this little gem into the mecca for all her family and grandchildren; to design a cozy, welcoming space and design the space to be her forever home.

Excited to take on a new challenge and make a new friend, we are thrilled with Anne and her home. After 2 long years of woking on the Manzanita remodel, we were ready to be back and focused in Portland. However, we were not ready to part with the people of that project. Having established a symbiotic relationship with Tod Phillips, the General Contractor who completed the Manzanita job, we were overjoyed when he informed us he was willing to continue working with us on a project in Portland. An initial meeting between Anne and Tod was arranged and they hit it off splendidly. The team was solidified. SBaird Design and Wood Specialty Construction would continue their partnership.

These photos are from SBaird Design’s first site consultation and subsequent meetings with Tod Phillips of Wood Specialty Construction, where we documented the home and began to make as-builts for space planning.

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IMG_0695 Classic bungalow facade from the street. A modified exterior faces the backyard. This will be remodeled to create more space inside the home and to architecturally honor the home’s original aesthetic.

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Expanding the front porch will allow for a more welcoming entry.

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Two designers. Two clients. All in agreement.

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Features like built-ins and custom moulding will be restored throughout the home.

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Currently, the dining room acts as a main pathway for traffic. Widening and shifting of doorways will aid the flow of the home.

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Technology is our friend: using a Leica laser measuring tool synched with the bluetooth on our phone, we are able to build an approximate floorplan on site.

More images from a few weeks later:

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The General Contractor, Tod Philips (left) of Wood Specialty Construction, discusses the foundation work that needs to happen with the owner of M. Leon construction, Pascal (right). The two of them had a jam session talking out ideas.

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A trip to WestPac was a necessity to pick out doors, trim and windows. The rep, Jeff Pilger (left) had worked with Tod (right) on a project out at the coast almost 15 years ago.

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The meeting at WestPac was very successful. We were even able to source the trim profiles we had selected on site earlier in the day.

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Anne, our sweet and lovely client. She is so genuine and kind that we are compelled with love to make this project a success.

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Commercial : NE Prescott

This is a project that has been born of love and labor.

A commercial real estate transaction I managed for a client then transformed into a design consulting job. The space, a former grocers-turned-upholstery shop is getting a new use as a workshop for vintage poster restoration. Structural work, mechanical, as well as finishes and design all had to be thought out. The owner/client has a good aesthetic and knew the general direction in which he wanted the building to go. SBaird Design was hired to help refine ideas, give lighting advice and consulting on finishes and space planning.

The project is almost complete. Here are some images from our site visits with the client.

Visit in the beginning of June:

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care was taken to preserve the original terrazzo inlay. the number 1073 was the building’s historic address.

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when the ceiling was removed, care was taken to preserve the original roof structure. the decision was made to keep the wood exposed and have it sandblasted to remove old dirt and grime. the natural wood adds lots of warmth to the space.

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Images from end of July:

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move-in day.

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hand-made large format hex tiles add wabi-sabi charm

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Manzanita: Wrap party + final images

The final push almost killed us. One week prior to the client’s arrival, we drove to the coast and managed, cleaned and assisted on the job site everyday for 12+ hours. The entire crew and Tod Phillips were amazing. Of course, we did it. Sleep deprived and half lucid.

As a wonderful gesture of her thanks to everyone who worked on this project, Renee held a party for all of the coastal workers at the beach house.

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Very happy with the final outcome, we decided to enter several of the spaces from this home into a design competition hosted by one of our favorite design blogs, Remodelista. Finalists will be announced on July 16th. Here is the link to check out all of the entries. Below are the images we entered:

Bathroom:

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